Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Very Vintage Design Team Card

Hey Everyone,
Today is my Birthday. Happy Birthday to me. I am fifty years old today. Some would wonder why I would want to celebrate such a thing. Well, I am happy to have made it this far and I will carry on living each day to the fullest. And, what makes me feel fulfilled? Need you ask? Vintage! LOL. The Happy Birthday post is a Very Vintage Design Team Project for The Stamping Vacation Challenge Blog.

So get distressing everyone. The Very Vintage challenge theme is: POSTCARDS (You can use an entire post card, pieces of a postcard or a postcard stamp)
This challenge is due by October 7th.

All entries qualify as an entry in the monthly gift certificate drawing - $25 from Flourishes!!!

My project is not a card. It is a framed piece. I strayed from the card format because I needed more "scope". I just knew that the card would end up being gigantic because I wanted to put so many things on it. The framed piece is a "traditional" collage. Layer, layer, and layer. So of course, this project requires lots of photos. I don't want you to miss any of the details. LOL. Here is the full shot. You can see that I used a wood frame. I rubbed some stain on it to freshen it up. I just thought it needed that great big bow on the top. I actually do have this project displayed on a side table in my living room.

Okay, so how did I make this?? Well, I started with a Mustard piece of CS. I stamped various vintage images and tore them out. (If you follow my blog you may remember my trip to Florida this spring. The one where Chris and stayed with her mom. There images are some more of the ones I stamped while staying there. So, thanks again Elaine.) I arranged the images so that they overlapped. They were glued down with Decoupage medium and left to dry. When dry go over with one coat of Decoupage Medium. To unify the images, distress with Vintage Photo ink. Then stamp over the whole thing with Scratches cover-a-card using Cajun Craze pigment ink. Heat set. Trim to desired size and add all the lovely accents you can find!

Hint: Do not be tempted to add the accents with glue dots. You will be very disappointed every time you walk in the room and see another one on the floor. Wisdom speaks from experience. Use a good craft glue like Tacky or Fabri Tac.

Materials List:

Stamps: Large Travel Image and Milano -Treasure Cay; Lady w/ big Hat - Acey Duecy; Post Card - Stamping Sensations; Buttons and Lady - Acey Duecy; Scratches Cover-a-card- Impression Obsession.

DP: Brown Script - DCWV; Music - Penny Black;

Royal Decoupage Medium

Inks: Vintage Photo and Iced Tea - Ranger; Cajun Craze Pigment - Stampin' Up.

Accents: Clock - Blue Moon; beads, vintage jewelry, buttons, frame - all stuff I had laying around.

So, since I have so many jewels on this piece I also entered it in the

My Time To Craft Challenge- Jewels.

Creatalicous Challenge - Vintage

So dig through you stash and make your own Post card project. Hope you enjoyed my Birthday post and go ahead and celebrate too. We all need more reason to celebrate!!

Love ya,



  1. Happy Birthday my dear! Enjoy the little moments! (and the big ones, too)

  2. Wow! What wonderful jewels in this fabulous project. Just perfect for our challenge at MTTC this week!

  3. This is sooo beautiful Karen (as I already told you on the Stamping Vacation blog :-)!
    Happy birthday to you party girl! Only 50 years young (I'll be celebrating mine tomorrow, hope to be 45!) Thanks for becoming one of my followers, I've just become one of yours, hope to see more from each other. Happy crafting and have a perfect birthday!! Take care, Ira

  4. Beautiful work, Happy birthday dear!!!!!!!!

  5. This is just stunning! All that "bling" really suits the project!


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